As the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the world and in particular, America, another pandemic was brought to light. Racism. Not a new disease, not an inactive disease, but one that often has been hidden away and rationalized and justified. However, with protests around the country, video evidence of police brutality, and needed dialogues taking place, there was and is no longer room to ignore the powerful roots racism has taken in our hearts and our nations. Thus, UnBlemished began to brainstorm ideas for a racial reconciliation series.
What exactly is a racial reconciliation series? Great question! 2 Corinthians 5:18-21 says,
“18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin[a] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Reconciliation is defined as “the restoration of friendly relations.” It is similar to restoration, to bringing back, to redeeming, but with an even deeper connection of friendship, and relationship. God reconciled us through Christ—our sin had separated us from an intimate, friendly relationship with Him. The sacrifice and death of Jesus restored the relationship between us and God—allowing the world to have a friendly relationship with Christ based off love and intimacy rooted in an understanding of mercy and grace. Yet, it does not end there. As Christ-followers, (people who have experienced restoration and spiritual reconciliation with God) we are then charged with the ministry of reconciliation. We are to be the message and example of reconciliation, the ones actively pursuing it. This is where racial reconciliation comes into place.
Racism is sin, it is allowing outward appearances and mistaken beliefs about internal value to create division between us. It feeds off the lies that we are all somehow different, and some of us are better than others. It thrives and succeeds on division and on making us believe we are enemies. Like all sin, it seeps in subtly until we can almost not see it and can ignore it or excuse it away. The Bible says that “there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death” (Romans 8:1-2). Reconciliation says no to sin, no to racism, it says ‘you have no place here. We can be restored in our friendly relations, we can be redeemed from our sinful nature, and we can believe in a world and place where we honor the inherent worth and value we all have as creatures made in the image of God.’ As Christians, we have been reconciled with Christ and given the mission of reconciling others. Spiritual reconciliation leads to all other reconciliations—including racial reconciliation.
UnBlemished wants to provide an example and place for racial reconciliation to take place. UnBlemished was founded on the belief that we are creation; we are beautiful, beloved and adored creation that are made for an intimate relationship with our Creator.
We are ALL creation who are made for a deep relationship with our Creator and the rest of his creation.
Our racial reconciliation series will be a collection of powerful stories from women shared through writing, videos, podcasts and more. The immense vulnerability of storytelling leads to lasting freedom in our Creator. At UnBlemished, we believe that dialogue (not debate!), sharing our stories, and connecting through our shared believe that we are all made in the image of God with inherent worth and dignity is a stronger force than the lies of racism. We will use unity in our differences to strengthen us and connect us as the Body of Christ, refusing to allow division to win. We will allow our spiritual reconciliation to lead to racial reconciliation. We will allow our relationship with Christ to lead to real and deep relationship with one another and an active pursuit of justice and peace.We will follow-through with our mission as Christ-followers and see change as we invite the Kingdom of God to come upon us.
Join us for our series. Join our conversation. Join our work of reconciliation. You are invited, you are needed, and you are wanted.